Results 121–140 of 1561 for speaker:John Lamont

Leaving the EU: Impact on the UK (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I listened very carefully to the opening remarks of the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss). What I find quite extraordinary about the SNP is its ability to hold to two completely incompatible and inconsistent policies at the same time. We recently concluded the SNP’s first debate of this afternoon, in which it argued that Scotland should be separate from the rest of the...

Leaving the EU: Impact on the UK (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: Has the hon. Lady had sight of the London School of Economics report earlier this year which said that Scottish independence would be three times more costly than Brexit? Could she comment on that?

Scotland: General Election and Constitutional Future (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I seek your guidance. After his intervention, the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Tommy Sheppard) made a very unfortunate hand gesture at my hon. Friend the Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) that I believe was disrespectful both to my hon. Friend and perhaps to other people watching this debate outside of this place. I seek your guidance as to...

Scotland: General Election and Constitutional Future (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: Debating time in the House of Commons is a precious commodity. It is an opportunity to raise important matters for our nation—important matters of international concern and, crucially, for the people that we all represent. As one of the political parties in this place, the Scottish National party is in the privileged position of having debating time—time when it decides what to debate and...

Scotland: General Election and Constitutional Future (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right; independence is the SNP’s only answer to everything, yet it has failed to deliver for my constituents and most people in Scotland. Similarly, the SNP has failed Scotland’s economy, having presided over the lowest rate of job creation in the entirety of the UK over the past decade. The SNP has continuously failed rural Scotland too, whether it be...

Scotland: General Election and Constitutional Future (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: The last time I checked, the SNP is your party name and it is your party ticket. If you are telling us now that you do not want to associate with that, perhaps you should think about changing your party’s name. The last time I checked it is also your party, as we heard from your party spokesman this morning—

Scotland: General Election and Constitutional Future (17 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I am very grateful, Madam Deputy Speaker. I did not want to cause you deep offence, possibly, which clearly was not my intention. I am very clear what my party believes in: Scotland’s place is at the heart of the United Kingdom. The hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) clearly does not share my view on that, and he can put that to the electorate in May. The Scottish National...

Arrest of Opposition Politicians: Turkey: Union Connectivity Review (16 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members for participating in the debate and the Minister for her response and constructive engagement. I think what my constituents in the Scottish borders—and, indeed, Scots across the nation—will remember about the debate is the SNP MPs arguing against more investment in Scotland and investment in Scotland’s transport network. When they go to the polls...

Arrest of Opposition Politicians: Turkey: Union Connectivity Review (16 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: Will the hon. Member give way?

Arrest of Opposition Politicians: Turkey: Union Connectivity Review (16 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Union Connectivity Review. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McVey. I am pleased to have secured this debate on the Union connectivity review and delighted that so many Members have shown an interest in taking part. I will certainly bear that interest in mind and try to keep my remarks reasonably brief. Sir Peter Hendy...

Arrest of Opposition Politicians: Turkey: Union Connectivity Review (16 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I am grateful for that. There is an opportunity in the review to accelerate the extension of the borders railway from Tweedbank to Hawick and Newcastleton, and on to Carlisle, which is why I and most of my constituents are baffled as to why the Scottish Government refuse to engage with the review and allow the acceleration of that project to take place. That is even more surprising because...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Iran: Nuclear Power (15 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking following Iran’s decision to suspend application of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Additional Protocol.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Iran: Overseas Aid (15 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the basis was for the UK’s financial aid to Iran of £16 million between 2013 and 2017; what assessment he has made of whether a proportion of that aid funded textbooks that reportedly promote extremism; and whether the UK currently provides funds to improve educational links to Iran.

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill: Clause 1 - Guidance about the costs of school uniforms: England (12 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I am grateful for that point, but I am not sure whether the amendment would address that concern. I do not know where all the materials come from, but having spoken to the company, I am confident that it is not only looking after its workforce but concerned about the quality and ethical production of its garments. Border Embroideries is one of many Scottish businesses that sell their products...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill: Clause 1 - Guidance about the costs of school uniforms: England (12 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I very much welcome this Bill, and I commend the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) for proposing it. It provides the teeth of the good intentions contained in current school uniform guidance, it serves the interests of children and their families, and it is good for small businesses. I am going to comment on the general thrust of the amendments being proposed, but I want to make...

Scotland: Union Connectivity Review (10 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Union connectivity review.

Scotland: Union Connectivity Review (10 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: The Minister will know that cross-border transport routes are vital for my constituents, for educational and career opportunities as well as many other day-to-day tasks. That is why I want to see the Borders Railway extended and to see improvements to the A1; these are both vital routes for the Scottish borders. Does he share my frustration and shock that the SNP Scottish Government are...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentres: Galashiels (5 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support she is providing to Galashiels Job Centre to further assist the unemployed.

Income Tax (Charge) (3 Mar 2021)

John Lamont: I very much welcome this Budget and I congratulate the Chancellor on producing it. It is a Budget for extraordinary times, and first and foremost it is a Budget for jobs. The Chancellor has rightly made protecting the livelihoods of workers and families right across the United Kingdom his overriding priority throughout this covid crisis. That is what my constituents want and what they expect....


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